Food and Movement

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THE PHILOSOPHY OF CARE at Oliver-Pyatt Centers is grounded in mindfulness and the belief that each person has the capacity for a mindful relationship with food and their body. Present in every aspect of our programs, this philosophy encompasses nutrition and eating, as well as movement, with an emphasis on becoming free from negative habits, behaviors and rigidity. As clients become more able to trust their bodies, they find they have a greater capacity for mindful eating, mindful movement and eventually, mindful living. We work to gently, but consistently, challenge the influence of the eating disorder around food and eating, and ultimately, help clients to the realize excitement and joy that a healthy relationship with food can provide.

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Nutritional Components

  • Weekly individual nutrition therapy with registered dietitian
  • Pre- and post-meal process groups utilizing OPC’s hunger / fullness scale to increase awareness of internal cues
  • Mindful eating to help develop a balanced and sustainable relationship with food
  • Weekly cooking groups with staff support
  • Graduated return to responsibility for self-nourishment through the introduction of self-portioning and self-regulating

Mindfulness Means

  • Deliberately paying attention, non-judgmentally, to what is present mentally, emotionally and physically in each moment
  • Being aware of internal cues and motivations, as well as external pressures and realities
  • Respecting physical sensations while acknowledging their emotional aspects
  • Discovering when your body is satisfied and being aware of how this satiety impacts your ability to function cognitively, emotionally and physically
  • Freeing yourself of reacting, habitual patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving
  • Unconditional permission to appreciate food and give your body rest when needed
  • Honoring your feelings and health
  • Making peace with your body

Health at Every Size Informed Care

Nutrition programming at Oliver-Pyatt Centers originates from the same core foundations of health, freedom from eating disordered behaviors, and developmentally appropriate progression toward self-trust and internally-directed eating. With this solid foundation, our clients move through the early stages of food relationship repair to the later stages of growth and expansion into a recovered life. Our HAES-informed nutritional care reflects:

  • Recognition that healthy, recovered people come in all shapes and sizes
  • Recognition that all bodies deserve to be nourished and experience satiety
  • Behavior-focused, rather than weight-focused philosophies
  • Awareness that weight loss attempts and focus are contraindicated for recovery from all eating disorder diagnoses
  • Kitchens and food environments that are open and accessible as in a homelike setting